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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

'Welcome to Anfield' - Stevie, turn here!!!

An appropriate adjective? A suitable superlative? A decent description? Basically, Steven Gerrard is staying at Anfield. Got in his vehicle, left Melwood training ground, was on his way either to London or the airport for Spain, saw the sign for Anfield, went round the roundabout and came back. Saw Rick Parry and said he wants to stay.

Yep. He wants to stay.

Incredible. That's one description.

I watched Sky Sports News as it broke the news and I found myself stunned again, practically fell onto the floor in bewilderment (sorry, neighbours!). The commercials were on and then Sky Sports returned, with the caption of 'Breaking News'. Mike Wedderburn and Alex Hammond delivered the stunner. Sky Sports then featured Anfield live, where their reporter Fraiser Dainton was approached by Rick Parry, and Dainton asked him what the latest was about Gerrard. Maybe prior to this it was said that there was some news on the matter and the chief executive will be speaking about it shortly. Parry then said Gerrard wants to stay. Dainton repeated Parry's words in some slight disbelief.

"The last 5 or 6 weeks have been the hardest as I believed the club didn't want me."

There may have been misunderstandings from both LFC and Gerrard as to where each other stood, they have both apologised to each other because, at the back of it all, they BOTH wanted the same thing. I'm still puzzled as to how LFC could emanate signs that they are not interested in him. Obviously, immaterial to what is or has been said or indicated, there should be no doubt that the club want Gerrard to sign. There isn't a club on earth who would have Gerrard as their contracted player and be slack in their manner as to indicate they are not interested in him staying, not one. Gerrard must have realised that. LFC would be suicidal to have shown any feelings in that way. With the rumour-mongering initially in Spain that he would be on his way there, the media reports, then the past 4-5 days resulting in his statement yesterday, the club were resigned to losing him, regardless of what they did.

I said before in a previous blog that he would be staying. I said today he proved me wrong. Now today he has proven me right. And I think he has proven properly, and I sincerely hope eternally, where his heart is.

"I'll be signing, maybe even today. I'd like it known there are no clauses......I've committed my long-term future and I want to end the speculation now."

That wants to be clear enough. No more of this indecisiveness. Now he is here to stay, thick and thin, because he wants to, not because he feels he has to. Something else that needs clearing up:

"Reports of bust-ups with the manager are complete nonsense."

Good. Another:

Parry [to Sky Sports Fraiser Dainton]: "....I think the language, to be fair, he had been using to us, even when...even when he said he was going...he...he never said 'I want to go', it was 'it's been so difficult', 'the last few days have been so difficult', 'I don't think I could come back', he never actually said 'I want to go'."

And one more:

Sky Sports' Dainton: "So onwards and upwards from here, and the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid can forget it?"

Parry: "Absolutely."

Thank you. Now back to business. We look to be a club pinning our future hopes of success on one player, we are not. As I said, no club would want Gerrard to leave, and any sensible club wouldn't want to have a player at the club who doesn't want to. All efforts had been exhausted to persuade him to stay and he said no, and we had to resign to that and move on. People have said or thought that this would signal a downfall for Liverpool. We were said to be a one-man team with Michael Owen. I believe we would have proven to be not a one-man team with Gerrard.

Gerrard has also stated that SFX are blameless, they did that which he instructed them [Struan Marshall] to do.

Beating Chelsea, winning Champs League, hearing Gerrard wants to stay, is committed to signing for the club, suddenly hearing he wants to leave, and now today he wants to stay. After that, if I were to have a heart attack from us winning the title this coming season, it wouldn't hurt that much. As Shankley said:

"This is a team with skill and character, with men eager and ready to do any job if it's for the benefit of the club."

"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I'm very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."

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Blogger Abdul said...

Thank you Redsman for your commentary on this saga over the past cpuple of days. I found it very informative to read a true fan's perspective.

I think it would have been a damning indictment of the state of football today if Steven Gerrard had left Liverpool. I for one am very happy that he's still there because I think there is only one club in the world where he would be truly happy and he's there already. Well done Gerrard for listening to your heart and not the mon£y m£n.

As I read somewhere today, if you were to cut Steven Gerrard he would bleed... erm red

7/06/2005 3:04 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You say he didnt choose the money...but that is not entirely true. He is getting 100k a week, which is about 10k more than he would get at Chelsea. So, that tells me that it wasnt about the money, it was about the fact that he doesnt think we are good enough for him, and that hurts so much to admit. I dont know if i will be able to forgive him for not believing in Liverpool being the best club to win trophies with. I feel gutted, like after a break up... I hope my trust in him can be restored, and I wish there was a perfectly good explanation to this situation, but Im afraid the only explanation is that Stevie really doesnt believe that his team mates are good enough, and that is unacceptable coming from a captain. YNWA

7/06/2005 3:19 pm

Blogger T said...

Thanks to all the Pool fans who have come on EFT in the last couple of days.

As an Arsenal fan I predicted that Gerrard would do 'a Vieira' and only decide to stay when push came to a shove.

Gerrard realised just what he would be leaving. He is the main man at Liverpool. Anfield is where his heart is. He couldn't leave so soon after a big success.

I'm not sure if Arsenal fans have the same degree of affection for Pat as we did before last summer. We still like him, but in the back of our minds we know that he had virtually signed for Madrid before doing a u-turn.

Will the Pool fans hold Stevie G with the same degree of affection next season?

7/06/2005 3:46 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way I read what Stevie and the club has said, it has nothing to do with SG not thinking the club or the players are good enough. His only reason for being uncertain as to his future was the mistaken belief that the club didn't really want him. As great a player as Stevie is, he is a lad who has always needed bags of reassurance to encourage him. The thought that LFC were not keen to keep him must have torn the poor lad in two.

Make no mistake this was not about footballing ability nor about money. This was about heart and passion. SG is passionate about Liverpool and all he wanted to be reassured on was that Liverpool is equally passionate about him. Now he is sure the club wants him as much as he wants the club, he is ready to call himself a Red forever and we can finally put aside all the 'will he, won't he' stuff, forget about the nightmares of seeing our beloved captain wearing a blue shirt against us and move forward with planning how to bring about the downfall of CFC, AFC and MUFC and take over the mantle of Premiership Champions.

7/06/2005 3:50 pm

Blogger RedsMan said...

The rumours rumoured that Gerrard would be on £120K at Chelsea, but again that was rumour. At the begining his heart wasn't in the team, events afterwards, namely the CL games, changed his mind. Events, again, after the final changed it again. Now he has reverted, the word from Anfield is, for good.

A reaction to the contrary in future by Gerrard would be catastrophic. Not for LFC.

I still beg the question: How could the club indicate any hint that they are not interested enough in him signing?? Benitez made it clear in the transfer conference, after then came Gerrard's statement, via SFX. We (LFC fans particularly) are all passionate about Gerrard, that has to be the most unkepted secret in the history of humankind.

Goodness, all he and Struan Marshall had to do is ask questions. I would submit that perhaps Rick Parry offered to negotiate terms, which would imply the club are not content with those of his current contract, while Gerrard was and just wanted to sign. On hearing that, it is perceived that the club are looking to mess about and therefore it is time to go. That could have been Gerrard's decision, that could have been SFX's advice.

For Gerrard, it wasn't money. I find it hard to believe he felt the club were not interested enough. I still feel he was advised that if, for one moment, Liverpool looked to deter from his current terms or stalled in talks, the decision is to say no and leave. It would be more lucrative and realistic elsewhere.

The chief executive said something similar to that said here. Think of the passion, the fans, the win, the club, and then see if YOU feel you want to leave. We felt he did that and still wanted to leave. It seems he did do that, and eventually came to his senses.

Rick Parry called him yesterday night and early this morning. Remember Marshall stated chances of talks resuming were unlikely? Was Marshall there when Parry called? Certainly, LFC fans are content he is staying but are not fools. He is due to commit on paper. Now we await the commitment in action.


7/06/2005 4:19 pm

Blogger Eirik said...

Any comment ?

7/06/2005 4:27 pm

Blogger Skippy said...

I am pleased that Stevie G is staying. I think when he leads the team out next week all will be forgotten.

I was surprised with the U-turn.

Liverpool fans love Stevie G, and as long as he is at Anfield they will love him.

7/06/2005 11:20 pm


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